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People Love Miracle Stories. Why Not Play Along?

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So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors.” ― L.H. Cosway, Six of Hearts The Conclusion of a 7-Part Series – Why … Continue reading

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How Unusual Events Trick Us into Believing in Miracles

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 “The really unusual day would be where nothing unusual happens.” –Persi Diaconis  Part 6 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Read Part 5 here.) One reason belief in miracles persists is … Continue reading

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Seven Kinds of Magical Thinking That Even Skeptics Can’t Escape

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Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.—Walt Disney Part 5 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Part 4 here) Magic takes us outside of reality, … Continue reading

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The Human Mind is Wired for Magical Thinking

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 “Nothing is so alien to the human mind as the idea of randomness.” —John Cohen Part 4 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Read Part 3 here.) Are you human? Then … Continue reading

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Bible Stories Fit Common Patterns of Magic and Wizardry

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Part 3 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic One person’s religion is another person’s magic and vice versa. — Unknown (Read Part 2 here.) The Bible is full of magic. In … Continue reading

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From Your Mouth to God’s Ear—How We Jump from Wishing to Believing

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Part 2 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clarke (Read Part 1 here.) Human beings have told stories about miracles and … Continue reading

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Miracles are Magic by Another Name

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Part 1 of a 7-Part Series — Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a … Continue reading

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